WOODFORD was invaded by a brollie-toting, wellies-clad army yesterday for the start of the Woodford Folk Festival.

Despite the wet conditions, an estimated 18,000 punters poured through the festival gates, a three per cent increase on last year's first-day attendance.

WET OUTLOOK: The Pineapple Lounge during day one of the Woodford Folk Festival.
WET OUTLOOK: The Pineapple Lounge during day one of the Woodford Folk Festival. Vicki Woods Seanna Cronin

Festival regular Wazza Knapton, from Nambour, said he preferred the wet conditions.

"You've got to embrace it," he said. "There's plenty to do and (areas) to keep dry.

"A couple of years ago when they called it 'Mudford', I reckon that was the best Woodford I ever had. If you didn't like it you left, and everyone who liked it stayed."

Justina Azrienne from Bali visits the festival.
Justina Azrienne from Bali visits the festival.

Mr Knapton is attending the festival for the first time this year with his partner Suey Kelly and her children Gemma and Teagan Gillon. The Daily spoke to him while Gemma and Teagan were learning some acrobatics in the Circadia Tent.

"Usually you think a festival is just all pill poppers and whatever, but it's (Woodford) good for all ages," he said.

More than 100,0000 people are expected to attend across the 29th annual festival's six days, with the event culminating in the welcoming of the New Year on Thursday.

Masked Family Outings with Peta and Liam Kishawi from Gympie.
Masked Family Outings with Peta and Liam Kishawi from Gympie.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a likely chance of rain for at least the next four days.

Today's program highlights will include performances from Jeff Lang, former Powderfinger guitarist Darren Middleton, pop favourite Kate Miller-Heidke and party sets by Sitcky Fingers and The Cat Empire.

NEW TRICKS: Wazza Knapton and Gemma Gillon.
NEW TRICKS: Wazza Knapton and Gemma Gillon.


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